TAIWAN: YouTube removes video parody on Taiwanese women
Although YouTube didn't release a statement, attempts to access the derogratory videos were unsuccessful
Saturday, November 24, 2007
By Wang Pei-hua
Overturning a previous decision, YouTube decided on Thursday to remove a series of music videos degrading Taiwanese women after angry reports from the Taiwanese public and media.
Over the past months, a YouTube user who dubbed himself "Handsome Hong Kong Guy" had uploaded a series of music videos titled "Dirty Ditty" on the YouTube Web site.
The music videos of several well-known Taiwanese folk songs included lyrics that had been changed to make derogatory comments about Taiwanese women.
Despite complaints from other users, YouTube had kept the music videos on its site over the past month, citing freedom of speech.
YouTube is an internationally renowned video sharing Web site with millions of uploads daily.
In April of this year, videos ridiculing the king of Thailand caused public outrage and the Thai government officially requested the removal of the offensive videos. YouTube acquiesced.
In July of this year, YouTube also removed videos featuring someone singing songs degrading to Korean women in a Seoul metro station after complaints from Korean users.
Date Posted: 11/24/2007